April 16, 2005

Grilled Steak with Spicy Cilantro Sauce

Grilled Steak with Spicy Cilantro Sauce
based on a recipe from Gourmet (June, 2001)

Recipes with Cilantro #3

1/4 cup soy sauce
2 TBSP medium-dry Sherry
1 1/2 TBSP sugar
1 TBSP minced garlic
1/2 TBSP Asian sesame oil
1/2 tsp dried hot red pepper flakes

6 TBSP chopped fresh cilantro
2 1/2 TBSP vegetable oil
1/2 TBSP lime juice
1 1/2 TBSP soy sauce
1 tsp minced garlic
1/4 tsp sesame oil
1/2 tsp chili oil

3 blade steaks, about 1/2 pound each

Stir together ingredients for marinade in a 13- by 9- by 2-inch baking dish until sugar is dissolved, then add steaks, turning to coat. Marinate steaks, turning once, at least 1 hour (preferably longer).

Prepare grill for cooking. When fire is medium-hot, grill steaks on a lightly oiled rack 3 to 4 minutes on each side for medium-rare. Let steaks stand on a cutting board 5 minutes.

While steak is resting, process ingredients for sauce in blender or small food processor. Top steaks with sauce. Serve remaining sauce on the side.

Notes: This came out really well. I only ended up marinating the steaks about 3 hours, and would have been happier if I'd had longer. Regardless, well-seasoned. The sauce was such a hit that the rice served alongside became a conveyance device for eating more of it. Based on the taste, I think the sauce would also do well with chicken, and perhaps tuna.

Posted by Jennifer at April 16, 2005 9:11 AM

This recipe is definitely another winner. The flavors of the marinade and the sauce blended well, and the sauce was also exceedingly good by itself over rice.

Posted by: Michael at April 17, 2005 4:32 PM

"Exceedingly good" he says.... he was eating it out of the sauce dish with a spoon. *g*

Posted by: Jennifer at April 17, 2005 4:37 PM

I think that just proves my point.

Posted by: Michael at April 17, 2005 4:38 PM

Well, that's a glowing endorsement. I am a huge cilantro fan and will need to try this...soon. It will have to wait until our kitchen is unpacked though. *sigh*

Posted by: Linda at May 23, 2005 6:10 PM

Mmmm! this was delicious! It reminded me of an unsliced version of this amazing Carne Asada I had in New Mexico, and it took really well to some avacado on the side.

Posted by: Becky at June 6, 2005 8:47 PM

I made the sauce when I was looking to use up some cilantro. Although I didn't make the marinade for the steak ( I just grilled using olive oil and Adobo spice) the sauce was wonderful. I will make this the next time I have people over for grilled steak. I also agree that this sauce will work with a variety of meats.

Posted by: Bill at April 20, 2007 11:28 PM
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